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Defender Oguchi Onyewu got his first start since summer when the United States played Ukraine in a game moved to Larnaca, Cyprus, from Kharkiv because of political trouble.

Onyewu was paired with John Brooks in central defense Wednesday night by U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann. Geoff Cameron was slated to start at right back and Edgar Castillo at left back, and Tim Howard was in goal.

Jermaine Jones and Sacha Kljestan were in defensive midfield, with Alejando Bedoya, Clint Dempsey and Eddie Johnson in front of them. Jozy Altidore was the lone forward in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Klinsmann is evaluating his Europe-based players and will use a roster dominated by Major League Soccer selections for an April 2 match against Mexico in Glendale, Ariz.

The Americans open their pre-World Cup training camp in mid-May.

Onyewu's only international appearances last year were in a July 5 exhibition against Guatemala and a CONCACAF Gold Cup match against Cuba eight days later. He signed with Sheffield Wednesday in January after failing to appear in any games for Queens Park Rangers during the first half of the season in the second-tier English League Championship.

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